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ICC Note:

More than 100 million Christians across the world are persecuted for their faith, today. For years, persecution has steadily worsened, especially on the African continent. In Nigeria, Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency bent on establishment a separate Islamic state to be ruled by Sharia law, alone is responsible for the deaths of more than 2,400 Christians, the displacement of hundreds of thousands more, and the abduction, enslavement and forced conversion to Islam of hundreds.

01/12/2014 Africa (UCA News) – The number of persecuted Christians in the world has topped 100 million, according to a new report that says even non-violent persecution of Christians has increased, amid continuing violence.

The rapid rise of persecution in Africa and continued problems with violent Islamic extremism are also causes for concern.

Somalia, which has no functioning government, ranks second-worst. Iraq, where the rise of the Islamic State has added to the suffering of Iraqi Christians, ranks third. Syria, the site of an intense civil war whose factions include Islamic extremists, ranks fourth.

Nigeria, where the government has been unable to contain the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, is in the top 10 list for the first time.

Christians can be victimized by organized crime and corruption, especially those who are prominent in social or political life. Rural indigenous people who are Christian also experience hostilities, many Christians have been displaced from their land, and violence against Christian women is increasing. Church sermons are also monitored.

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